A brace each from Fashion Sakala and Edward Chilufya plus one each from Emmanuel Banda and Enock Mwepu put the highly rated Malians to the sword, and annulling Abdoul Karim Dante’s opener.
It was all the way for the Junior Chipolopolo who came from behind in style to record one of the biggest wins in the history of the biennial championships.
‘Les Aiglons’ captain Dante headed his side into the lead from a corner on six minutes to silence the deafening crowd at the Heroes National Stadium in the Zambian capital.
It took only two minutes for the Chipolopolo to respond and it was Sakala who drew parity after his head met a Patson Daka cross from the left.
The game then became a one way traffic as the goals began to flow from virtually every attack by the hosts.
Banda fired the homers into the lead on 25 minutes with a thunderbolt that caught Malian goalie Samuel Diarra off guard before Mwepu made it 3-1 seven minutes before the break.
Mali coach Baye Ba introduced Ibrahima Kone for Moussa Djenepo upon resumption of the second half, but it was Zambia who had the last laugh.
Seven minutes from recess, Chilufya scored his first of the game by heading home from a goalmouth action after Daka had run riot on the left side of attack.
Chilufya completed his brace three minutes later by connecting home a Sakala cross from the left before the latter put the icing on the cake with the sixth goal on 64 minutes.
Zambia has six points from two games, followed by Egypt on two points with Guinea and Mali in that order with a point apiece.
On Saturday, the hosts will wrap up their campaign at the group stage against Egypt in Lusaka whilst Mali squares Guinea in Ndola.
Total Man of the Match: Fashion Sakala (Zambia)